Sunday, May 29, 2011

Aquadoodle Review

After seeing how much fun the kids were having with the Aquadoodle Mat (by Spinmaster) at their friend's birthday party, I thought I would get one for them to play with at home.  I went to the toy store, purchased the Aquadoodle Classic Mat and brought it home.

It only came with one pen so I also had to purchase an Aquadoodle Brush and Pen set. The girls were excited as they love to draw and I was excited because they would have something to keep them busy for a bit, but wouldn't create much of a mess. After all, the "paint" in this case is only water. :)

I thought that this was a fun play item that they would actually enjoy using for a long time considering most other toys are usually played with for a mere week before they move onto a different toy. I was right, and the children did want to draw and paint with the Aquadoodle after the first week.

However, after only a week, the mat was no longer as functional as it once was. There would be a delay before drawing would show up and sometimes the markings would not show up were faint. I checked to see if it was the pen or paint brush that was not working correctly, but they seemed to be fine, so I concluded that the mat was the issue.

I looked at the Aquadoodle (Spinmaster) website to see if I could get some further information on the product and there was a customer service phone number readily available so I gave them a call. Unfortunately, the person who answered the call couldn't really help me. She suggested that the mat was perhaps folded up and stored away while it was still wet and this may have been the cause for the mat to be performing this way. This didn't really solve the issue since our Aquadoodle Mat was always stored flat on the table in the playroom, and never folded up.

I'm not sure if the Aquadoodle Classic Mat was just not meant to last or if we just happened to get one that was defective, but I certainly will not take the chance of finding out by purchasing another one. I think I will stick with the traditional paper and pencil crayons or markers from now on. They are always reliable and cost a lot less. Lol.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Scrapbooking Deals!

I love shopping at especially since my local scrapbooking store doesn't have such a huge selection. In honor of's 10th anniversary, they are giving away a FREE Diamond Stickles bottle in each order this month. One of these will be sent out in each of the first 10,000 orders this month. Just place an order for anything in the store and they'll include a free bottle with your order. It's that easy :)

Also, save 15% on brand new Websters Pages Vintage Inspired Netting and Push Pins Variety. Simply add the Vintage Inspired Netting and/or the Push Pins Variety to your cart and enter coupon code "websters15" in the coupon field at checkout and 15% will be automatically deducted from each qualifying item in your shopping cart. Hurry, this offer expires Sunday, May 29, 2011 at midnight PST or when supplies run out.

Lastly, save $2 instantly on the brand new House of Three-Pink Paislee Reusable Chalkboard Stickers! No coupon code required. Limit ONE per customer. This offer is only valid while supplies last.
Just add the House of Three-Pink Paislee Reusable Chalkboard Stickers to you cart and $2 will be automatically deducted from your cart total, instantly. These repositionable black vinyl stickers from House of Three and Pink Paislee can be used for home decor projects and will work perfectly on your cards and layouts. Each package includes six stickers and a white chalk pencil.

Happy Scrapbooking!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Baby Girl Gift Basket

Above is a baby gift basket I put together for a friend who just had a baby girl. It includes neccesseties for both baby and mommy...... diaper shirts, socks, blankets, a hat, a pink teddy bear, chocolate, tea, and a scented oil burner. She had already received many gifts so I included items that you can never have enough of when you are at home with a new baby.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Top 10 Gifts For a Mom

So many of my friends are having babies, so I thought I would put together a list of top ten gifts for a mom. It seems when you have a new baby, it's all about the bany so I thought I would put together a nice list of things that a new mom (or any mom) would enjoy. Items that would just be for her and nothing baby or child related. For instance, I personally love pre-made meals and other things that would save me time, but a gift like that is something for the whole family and not quite "just for mom".

Here is my list of Top 10 Gifts For a Mom:

1. Fresh and fun, some new make up

2. Books - Maybe one of her favorite hobbies is reading books. This would be a good gift to help her relax

3. Movies - Watching movies is always fun and maybe there are some new releases she could catch up on. I know I am way behind when it comes to new movies!

4. A nice piece of clothing just for her

5. A Spa Gift Card

6. A nice gift basket with her Favorite tea, coffee and treats

7. Jewelry -Something such as a pretty necklace or bracelet would be nice. It doesn't necessarily have to be expensive, but should make her feel special.

8. Flowers- You may think I'm strange when I say that I don't particularly care for flowers as a gift, but I know many of my friends absolutely love receiving flowers. I don't usually give flowers when I visit the new baby for the first time, but will bring some after a few visits so that it is more of a surprise.

9. A Gift Card to her favorite store

10. Hobby Supplies - Sometimes moms are just too busy doing mom duties, so if she has a hobby (such as scrapbooking, sewing, knitting or something else that's crafty), getting her a few fresh supplies might remind her to take some time out to spend on it.

I hope you enjoyed my top 10 gift ideas for a mom. If you have any suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments section. Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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